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This may sound weird but what is everyone’s thought on making an 88 4ws Manual Prelude into a convertible with an H22A swap?
 

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This may sound weird but what is everyone’s thought on making an 88 4ws Manual Prelude into a convertible with an H22A swap?
Its up to you, but I do not recommend it. You will lose structural integrity which will require you to add support which will start to weigh down the lude.

I agree with the H22 swap, because not only do I make the swap kits but also I had done the swap myself and love how it brings the lude alive and makes it easy to keep the motor maintained and has more potential as well.

But its up to you. And there is no documentation on doing the convertible conversion.
 

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This may sound weird but what is everyone’s thought on making an 88 4ws Manual Prelude into a convertible with an H22A swap?
EEEEK!!!
structural issue for sure...buy an s2000

There was a guy who did this to a 3rd Gen in NZ or Australia ,......not a fan..
You might be able to find a photo online of it.. or it might be floating around here.

another guys was trying to make a 3rd gen ...faux NSX thing ,,,,

found a few....



 

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Sean is correct - convertibles from the factory have reinforced frames through the sides and bottom rails to compensate for the loss of rigidity without a roof. Factory convertibles are heavier, handle less responsively, and aren't particularly safe in a rollover....3gs probably aren't any more safe than a Mini Cooper in an accident in any case, to be honest. LOL We all know the handling is one of the best things about our ludes, and cutting the roof off all the way to the C-pillars would make that handling suffer badly. Ever driven a car that had broken sway bar endlinks? Now imagine that the endlinks at all 4 corners were broken.....that would be what a roof-less lude without extra stiffeners would handle like.

But, since we're on this hypothetical subject, I personally think a 3g lude would look fantastic as a targa top. The moonroof would be a problem to address, and so would the full window frame on the doors, but you'd have to address the doors in a convertible too. With a targa top, you'd be able to retain the rear quarter windows and a full rear window with defrost, as well as the trunk and still have rigidity through the parts of the roof still permanently attached and more so with the roof fastened in....and it would resemble a 2+2 NSX for those looking to accomplish that. I'm not a body man, so the implementation of this idea might be really tough to pull off, but conceptually I think it could be done. It'd be cool!
 

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For the $$$ and time it would cost I know where there is a real nice 78 MGB for sale. Has a weird running issue, but its cheap and very clean shape... u can get your convertible fix with that car, and it would be a better panty dropper.
 
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